Bar Squared is now part of Opus 2, a leading provider in cloud-based collaborative software for law firms. Joining Opus 2 creates an exciting opportunity for the Bar Squared team to continue innovating and expanding the LEX software and services for barristers and clerks worldwide.
The transaction further expands Opus 2’s solutions that enable lawyers to connect, collaborate and create value, seamlessly – as a connected digital practice. Many barristers worldwide already use the Opus 2 platform to collaborate with law firms and their clients. The acquisition enables the Opus 2 and Bar Squared teams to enhance this collaboration and make it more readily accessible to a greater number of barristers, allowing them to work in a more consistent way, across matters and facilitate earlier access to the benefits of the Opus 2 platform. For solicitors, it provides a unique opportunity to streamline their work with counsel and as a connected digital practice, deliver better services more rapidly and more efficiently to their clients.
“Bar Squared is a great business, and we are very excited about the possibilities this transaction has created.“, said Graham Smith-Bernal, Executive Chairman of Opus 2. “Opus 2 and Bar Squared are not only the established leaders within our respective markets but more importantly, we also share a strong client-focused culture and a deep understanding of our markets’ and clients’ needs.”
“Seamless engagement between all stakeholders across the entire workflow represents the future of legal work,” said Martin Coen, CEO of Opus 2. “The acquisition aligns with Opus 2’s vision of delivering a broad range of best-in-class solutions into a single connected environment so lawyers, barristers, clerks, other third-parties and clients can more easily work together wherever they are and focus on substantive legal issues—without friction and without having to think about the tools or technology.”
“From the beginning, our focus at Bar Squared has been on developing simple, highly functional, intuitive and feature-rich tools for progressive Barristers’ chambers,” said David Connolly, Sales Director at Bar Squared.
Helen Ford, Managing Director of Bar Squared, said: “Joining forces with Opus 2 is an exciting opportunity, strengthening our ability to continue to deliver the best services to barristers and clerks globally.”
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Will Bar Squared be absorbed into Opus 2?
The Bar Squared team will continue to develop and sell the LEX product and support barristers and chambers. Together the Opus 2 and Bar Squared teams will explore opportunities to connect, collaborate and create added value for barristers and solicitors – as a connected digital practice.
Why is Bar Squared choosing to be acquired now?
We have known Opus 2 for some years and share their strong client focussed culture and values. As we continued to focus on growing the business, it became clear that there are greater opportunities in being part of a larger organization whose focus is in the legal arena. Opus 2 is the perfect partner for us.
Why is Opus 2 making this acquisition?
The pace of digital transformation in the legal market is increasing and lawyers are looking for more ways to achieve the best outcomes for their clients while increasing efficiency, reducing overheads, and overcoming distributed working challenges. Seamless engagement between all stakeholders across the entire workflow represents the future of legal work. Many barristers worldwide already use the Opus 2 platform to collaborate with law firms and their clients. The acquisition enables the Opus 2 and Bar Squared teams to make this collaboration more seamless and more easily available to a greater number of barristers, allowing them to work more consistently across matters and facilitate earlier access to the Opus 2 platform’s benefits.
Will there be any staff changes at Bar Squared?
No, the acquisition is driven by the opportunities we have together, not by any need to reduce costs. Bar Squared has built a strong team who will continue to provide an exceptional service, in the usual manner.
About Opus 2
Opus 2 provides game-changing, cloud-based legal technology and services to connect people, case information, analysis and data throughout the lifecycle of a dispute. Our secure platform, tailor-made for lawyers, provides a connected and flexible way of working. Case teams and clients can log in to access a shared, centralised set of documents and collaborate from anywhere in the world and at any time, enabling seamless and meaningful communication and interactions. Combined with our services expertise, we deliver electronic trials and hearings worldwide.
Trusted by 96% of the top 50 international law firms.
Delivered more than 620 virtual hearings since March 2020
In more than 65 countries worldwide
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About Bar Squared
Since 2007, LEX has been at the cutting edge of chambers software and continues to innovatively develop to satisfy the changing needs of today’s Bar. Most recently, development has been focused on Microsoft Office 365 integration, incorporating secure Multi-Factor Authentication, bi-directional Exchange calendar synchronisation and the planned delivery of a SharePoint-based document management system.
LEX is the intuitive, accessible, cross-platform application, delivering barristers and clerks an encompassing, world-class, case and practice management solution.
Installed in 240 chambers worldwide
Used by 11,000 Barristers and Clerks
Over 70% of UK Market